SPEAKER of Parliament Pavol Paška will file criminal complaints against some opposition representatives for false accusations and slander in the case of the purchase of a CT scanner by Piešťany hospital, the TASR newswire reported on November 5.
The scandal over the purchase has already cost Health Minister Zuzana Zvolenská and Renáta Zmajkovičová (Smer), one of the deputy parliamentary speakers, their posts.
Some opposition MPs say that it is Paška who is the real behind-the-scenes beneficiary of the deal, as the device worth €1.6 million was delivered by Medical Group SK company, a group with which he used to be affiliated more than a decade ago.
“I will not step down from the post of parliamentary chairman,” Paška said, as quoted by TASR. “I was not even in the parliament yet when I left the company in February
He went on to say that he started doing business in 1990 and was part of Medical Group SK. He however left it, even before he started to think about becoming an MP, as reported by TASR. Paška offered no comments to repeated questions of journalists as to whether he has maintained any contact with Medical Group SK representatives.
It was also Prime Minister Robert Fico who recommended Paška pursue legal action against the statements made by the opposition.
“I am not here to consistently respond to great men of Mr [NOVA chair Daniel] Lipšic’s type,” Fico said, as quoted by TASR. “Simply put, I do not know what the problem with him is. He is making things up and it will be very appropriate for the parliamentary speaker to make use of all legal options available and sue. Because Mr Lipšic is really stepping over the line these days with the statements he dares to make.”
Fico continued that he believes all relevant information has already been provided that unequivocally confirms that everything the opposition claims with respect to Paška is “complete and utter nonsense”, as reported by TASR.
The PM added that he will not succour the opposition by responding to all of its challenges and appeals.
“If colleagues from Smer want to steal, let them steal in tenders and from highways; but to steal from health care, I find that traitorous,” Lipšic, who drew attention to what he sees as many shady practices by Medical Group SK in the past, said on November 3, as quoted by TASR.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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6. Nov 2014 at 10:05